Sony Mavica FD-91

Announced Nov 16, 1998 •
1 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 37 – 518 mm (14×)
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a friend of mine gave me this old camera, it's the oldest digicam i own. i was corious and started reading the dp review. 15 years ago this "bridge camera" offered 14x optical zoom on a small tiny sensor, the price was accordingly high to match this unique feature. infact the camera costed a bit more than the olympus c2000 wich took much better pics but could only count on a 3x zoom. i found a 3,5 disk, turned the camera on and started using it. what great memories came back to my mind! at ...

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Philip Turner
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Overall I've been super impressed with the results from this camera. It makes use of an HTML index of all photos or video recorded on a floppy diskette. The floppy disk as storage is one of the primary attractions in terms of getting digital images to the computer. It is also its greatest weakness. In the RAW image format (TIFF), the Mavica can store (1) image on a diskette. With a "fine" setting you will likely get storage of 20-22 JPEG compressed images on a single 1.4 MB diskette. Being a ...

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A marvel when first introduced, the Mavica FD-91 remains a superb camera but with limited uses. Its lingering appeal is threefold: (1) ease of use traceable to the simplicity of (and, for most users, a ready familiarity with) floppy disks, (2) superb optics that permit both long-range and ultra-close (1 inch) macro shots, and (3) a large (2.5 inch) and bright LCD monitor. Although its low-resolution sensor renders the FD91 outmoded for printing and enlarging photos beyond small-snapshot ...

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Girish Babu
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More than 25000 pics taken on my FD91 during the last 3 years!Because of the excellent range of the optical zoom, I could take better pictures than any other camera. Unbelievably good spot metering. Very practical storage device, but floppy is sometimes unreliable. I have not located any digital camera with comparable level of optical zoom range. SONY! PLEASE BRING OUT A HIGHER RESOLUTION MODEL WITH OPTICAL ZOOM RANGES LIKE THE FD91. It could be a hit! Problems: The display panel gets ...

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Es una camara excelente !!! Su principal virtud está en su gran Zoom (14 X). Facil de usar hasta por principiantes. Pantalla LCD de buen tamaño. Facil y rapidamente se pueden realizar copias del diskette (total o parcialmente). Autofoco excelente !! La función de control de vibración ayuda mucho en momentos dinámicos!! Problems: Flash pobre, debe mejorarse !!!

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My first Sony digital camera. Loved it. Began the process of weening myself from 35mm photography. The ability to forget about missed photo opportunity's due to improper exposure/focus, eliminating development time and costs were also instrumental. Photos taken in daylight were of exceptional focus. Problems: Camera was too hard to focus in low light - resulted in many out of focus shots. Having to carry around tens to hundreds of floppy disks and keeping track of which ones were already ...

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We use the 91D for every shot for our two newspapers and magazines, taking 100s of pix each week and it is amazing. When you learn how to use -- the spot meter is key -- you can get great photos. You can stop a pitch so you can see the seams on the baseball, get great portraits. It saved us $50 a week in developing cost. If you want to see the results check out our website at mothertown. com. Every photo on there was taken with the 91D, including the cover shots for the magazines. Problems: F ...

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Flawless camera has been used daily for over two years. Needs the bigger 550 battery to be truly useful, but for internet photos this camera outperforms everything because of the fantastic LENS. And I paid $812 back then. Only downside is that a vehicle charger costs so much. Problems: The battery sent with it only lasted about six months before it wouldn't recharge well.

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Harv
 
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I've owned my FD-91 for about a year. Bought it at $650.00 brand new from a big online electronics merchant. Absolutely the best camera I've ever owned. Although it's a three year old model now, and not megapixel, I don't really need huge print resolutions, as most of what I shoot ends up on computer screens/web pages/eBay auctions, etc. etc. I've used Sony's ImageStation Web Service for free 4x5 prints and they came out just fine. An astounding feature set. Super build quality. The whole ...

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Got a great deal ($500). Love x14 optical zoom. Using floppy disks saves lots of money. Best feature that wasn't carried over to the FD95 or FD97 is the flip-able LCD display. Comes in very handy when taking self pictures or angle up/down pics. Problems: Grainy images sometimes. Flash does not work well at all.

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